China now has 150 million migrant workers: report – Reuters

From Reuters:

Chinese officials estimate the migrant population has reached 150 million, doubling over the past decade as poor rural residents flocked to cities to take part in the country’s economic boom, state media said on Sunday.

The figure for migrants now amounts to 11.5 percent of the population of China, the world’s most populous nation, Xinhua news agency reported, citing Wang GuoqiangÔºàÁéãÂõΩº∫Ôºâ, deputy director of the State Population and Family Planning CommissionÔºàÂõΩÂÆ∂‰∫∫Â裉∏éËÆ°ÂàíÁîüËÇ≤ÂßîÂëò‰ºöÔºâ.

More than 80 percent are rural migrants seeking jobs and would make up the majority of the floating population for a long time, Wang told a national conference in Shanghai. [Full Text]

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